Yeah, we know, Max’s V8 Interceptor is an Australian-built 1974 Ford Falcon XD and this is an American Motors Javelin from 1972, but it matters not, because this Mad Max replica, albeit inaccurate and not without flaw, is still totally bitchin’.
Sporting a brand new GM 350ci V8 motor, a TH350 automatic gearbox, this Javelin has host of upgrades to make this car totally usable as a daily driver. The list includes a completely rebuilt and uprated cooling system, disc brakes from Scarebird Classic, and electronic ignition, leading us to believe the seller’s claim that this AMC is a turn-key bruiser that’s ready to go.
It’s not all good news though, as while the Weiand 671 blower atop the 350 was once the real deal, for some reason it’s been hollowed out and is basically ornamental now, much like the aircraft fuel tanks in the back. We’re told that the car’s eight side pipes are in fact functional though, so that does earn it a few points back.
Visually, the car sports a handcrafted metal front clip that houses the Mad Max-style yellow headlight covers, and the paint is described as satin black with “custom Australian Red Dirt Patina stain”. OK.
While not perfect, the seller does have a point when he asks of his bidders, “Whens the last time you saw a car like this for sale? Your [sic] not gonna find another one.” That’s probably true, but then there’s his opening bid price of $15,000 which, while it is a fraction of the cost of a genuine V8 Interceptor replica, is still a lot to ask for a 1972 AMC Javelin.